Monday, April 30, 2012

Last day to order from Occasions mini-catalog





Isn't this a gorgeous flower and color?  He calls it 'tangerine tango,' which is one of Stampin Up's colors!!  This is what P. Allen Smith, the famous gardener, said in his article.  Here are some more of the beautiful flowers in tangerine tango he posted: 



 He even shared some color combos with tangerine tango - Stampin Up has all these colors!



Tango Through the Garden
Set the trend in your garden with this year’s Pantone color pick Tangerine Tango.

Don't forget that today, Monday, April 30th, is the last day that you can order from the mini-catalog Occasions!  You don't want to miss out on any items in this soon-to-be-gone Stampin' Up catalog!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cards to share


 I wanted to share the cards I had our cardmaking group make this month - they were cased from other Stampin Up designers, but I forgot to write down their names....:-(
 The cards were fun to put together and fairly quick and simple!  Thanks to Galene for helping me narrow down the cards to only 3 LOL.  One uses the Elegant Bird diecut by Stampin Up, and the Everyday Enchantment that was featured in the Saleabrations mini-catalog this year.  It also uses the Paper Doily diecut...I found that you can't use cardstock for this doily diecut as the cuts don't go all the way through.  So we used the thinner designer series paper and it looks really pretty behind the bird.  The bird's eye is one of the large half-pearls.

 This card uses the Mocha Morning designer series paper and the blossoms punch, as well as a chocolate chip corduroy brad that is retired - we punched 3 blossoms and wrinkled them before putting them together.

The stamp on this card is actually two stamps - one is a border-type along the side, then 3 flowers were stamped in the top, middle and bottom spaces of the border stamp.  The ribbon, blue cardstock, and ink are retired Stampin Up, but you could use many other combinations of monochromatic colors to make this cute card.

If you have any questions about these cards, I'd be glad to answer your email!

And remember to check out the retiring list of Stampin Up stamps, accessories, My Digital Studio discs, and definitely decorative items in my online store - they are only available while supplies last until May 31st, and many of them are discounted!!  If there are some Stampin Up products you wanted, check it out and you might find they are at a lower price now - but they will go fast at these prices.

When you order from my online Stampin Up store you will receive a free handmade Stampin Up card from me too!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Card sketch challenge #36 and #35

It's time for another fun card sketch challenge #36 over at 
Stampin Queens!  
Here is the sketch to use to design your card:


http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/04/sqsc-36.html

Here are some of the cards that the design team came up with:






You can join in this week's card sketch challenge #36 - click on the link below to upload your card!
http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/04/sqsc-36.html

 Last week was Stampin Queen's card sketch challenge #35 - I wanted to share some of the beautiful cards that were submitted by 
readers just like you!



Hope you can pop in and join the challenge, or see some of the 
other cards!
http://gettincrafty.typepad.com/stampin_queens_sketch_cha/2012/04/sqsc-36.html

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Retiring list of Stampin Up stamps now available!



Important Information!! 

Dates:     April 15-May 31, 2012 (select items available while supplies last)

Details:  Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2011-2012 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone. Many products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to get your order to me early!


When you view the retiring stamps list, you may notice it's longer than in years past. During this transition to the new annual catalog, there are a higher number of stamps being refreshed and replaced than usual. While many stamps are going away, most are being replaced so that the breadth of our stamp lines is every bit as broad as ever!

Retiring accessories are only available while supplies last. The accessories list will be updated each business day by 4:00 PM (MT) with availability information.  Because these items can go quickly, please know that you may not receive all the items ordered - request a substitute item  in case the original item is no longer available when you order.

Click here to view the Retiring List! 



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Card sketch week #34



Another week has arrived for the Stampin Queens card sketch challenge!
This is the card sketch #34.

This is my card - the Stampin Up colors I used were pool party, white, and poppy parade.  I made this card with My Digital Studio and used a few new digital stamps I bought and instantly downloaded.

Here are a few cards of what the other design team members did:




If you go to the website here:


You can see more of the design team's card and join in this weeks card sketch challenge as well!

Since I had just done a blog post on the new Summer Smooches, I had to share this beautiful card that Erica submitted in last week's card sketch challenge - She used the elegant fabric brads from Summer Smooches and the daffodil ribbon.  She also used the striped embossing folder from Stampin Up to create a checked look - very very pretty!  The Stampin Up embossing folders are a lot of fun to play with and only cost $7.95 each.  They are really great to use on a My Digital Studio card after you have printed it out too!


Happy stamping!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Smooches are too good to not share!


Just look at all those colorful smooches!  Summer smooches designer series papers that is - and they are all reversible!!  You can have them all right now, and not have to wait until the new Stampin Up catalog comes out in June, get them in my online store!

And look at the beautiful fabric brads that match:


 Aren't they elegant?!  You can even buy Summer Smooches in fabric!
 There is a matching stamp set to Summer Smooches - but it's not called Summer Smooches so don't try to look for a stamp set by that name lol.  The stamp set is called Bright Blossoms.

You can have it all even sooner - right now if you are into digital/computer stuff, like making your own designs and printing them off, because there is a whole digital kit of Summer Smooches.  You get everything in this set that I just showed you!!


There is even a digital scrapbooking set with templates to make a whole scrapbook using Summer Smooches - it doesn't get any easier or faster than this, does it?  Because you can get a FREE trial of the digital scrapbooking program My Digital Studio!  Play with it for a whole month before deciding if you want your own or not...I bet you will HAVE to get it once you try it out!!


If you are like me you have lots of pictures on your computer, so with just the Summer Smooches digital kit and scrapbook template set, you can pick out your favorites and whip up a whole scrapbooking book!  Well, it might take a little bit longer because I can guarantee you that once you start playing with the kits and templates you will lose track of time....it is just way too much fun - can't you just see it now, husband/children/dogs wondering when they will get fed, but wait until you show them what you made with Summer Smooches!

You can get any of these fun and colorful Summer Smooches items in my online store:

AND you will get a free card from me!

One more cute  new Stampin Up item I have to show you, is the Petite Purse diecut
that you use in a die cutter...
Now wouldn't these look cute in the Summer Smooches paper, hanging over your fireplace mantel?!  Or if you don't have one, how about over your kitchen sink/window or at the front door?

Summer Smooches, here we come!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Craft room progress pictures!

 I have finally gotten my craft room (that will double as a guest bedroom) to the point where enough of my crafting stuff is in it, the desk and shelves put up, so that last week I put together some cards at my new desk!  Here is my furbaby Inu loving it - she always likes to sit by me when I craft. 

I got a glass desk that I love - it really brightens up the room and gives the illusion of lots of space and room! 
Below is a picture of what it looked like in the catalog:

Such a difference in having a setup you like crafting in - here is what my desk area in the living room looked like - it was a door
with a tablecloth on it:


And see the difference?   I feel so much more organized when
I sit at my desk....:-)
Here are some more pictures of my room - although it is still an ongoing project in organizing everything that is still in our bedroom.  I decided to do what those room redesigners do on tv; they take everything out of the room and figure out where everything goes, and then put it all back in! Here are the shelves going into the room that my husband put together for me:


 I just love filling shelves up!  See I started playing with them already, and stuff got moved around from the glass cabinets to the shelves
and back again....


And I even got the curtains up in my room - remember the tulle
curtains I bought from IKEA? 

Here's what I did with them and the blue and white waterfall curtains (actually the curtains' colors are like Stampin Up's marina mist lol)


 That's a light grey satin ribbon and bow behind the tulle poufy flower.  My colors are shades of light/pale blues, pool party (another Stampin Up color), so saffron (pale yellow/Stampin Up) and grey.



I used 2 of the tulle curtains over the window and then 2 of them
were draped over my shelves.
I wanted to incorporate the shabby chic look, since my room isn't real big; the light colors and glass make it feel bigger. 


Here's how my room looked before in June 2010,
 then 18 months later in December 2011! 


And here are some more pics of  what happened to the rest of
the room this year:




And the white wire shelves that were in our bedroom got transformed...They became my "store" shelf of Stampin Up catalogs, order blanks, etc.


I still have some piles of crafting stuff to clean out and organize both in the middle of my craft room, on top of one of the cupboards, the closet, our bedroom, but at least I have a place where I can sit and enjoy crafting with my Inu!!





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